How to make karachi halwa recipe-quick & easy recipe|recipe for bombay halwa|corn-flour halwa recipe

How to make karachi halwa recipe-quick & easy recipe|recipe for bombay halwa|corn-flour halwa recipe

As of you all know Bengalis cannot live a single day without sweets.So being a bong girl sweet is all time favorite to me and this karachi halwa is one of my favorite sweet-made of cornflour and ghee.Today I am going to tell you how to make karachi halwa recipe or bombay karachi halwa recipe at  your own home-quick and easy way.

karachi halwa recipe

This bombay halwa is chewy in texture and made with few simple basic ingredients i.e corn-flour,ghee,sugar,cardamon and dry fruits.Generally this halwa is made at the festive season like durga puja or navaratri,but my love for sweets is little more .So without wasting time today i made this recipe.As previously I was not sharing any dessert recipe.So today I am very much excited to share this amazing recipe with all of you.

Origin of karachi halwa:

As the name suggests that the origin of this halwa is Karachi or Pakistan. I searched it in the internet but could not find any proper answer as of now.It is said that this recipe was brought by the Indians when they came to India from Pakistan during partitions.There are similarities between this two sweets ,Turkish Delight and bombay halwa .If you will get a chance then try this Turkish Delight also.

This corn-flour halwa is looks like jelly that's why sometime it is also called jelly halwa .But if you want to do it in home, you will definitely get it less chewy.The more time you make the halwa, the more chewy texture it will grow so you may really adapt accordingly.

Karachi halwa is likewise called Bombay karachi Halwa or chewy halwa.In market it is sold in variety of colors like orange,red,pink even green also.

So before starting I want to give you some tips to make perfect halwa. Firstly mix this corn-flour very well with water so that no lumps will be there and secondly this food color is optional.If you want to make it more attractive you can use this color of your choice.

For health conscious person I will suggest you to use white oil or margarine instead of ghee but definitely you will not getting this aroma flavor in your halwa.So let's see how we can make karachi or bombay halwa at home.

karachi halwa recipe

Recipe card for Karachi Halwa|Bombay Halwa|Corn-flour Halwa

Karachi Halwa is amazing sweet made with cornflour, ghee ,sugar and dry nuts.It is made during the festive season.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 12 small pieces
  • Calories: 98 kcal
  • Author: Arunima Mondal


1/2 cup cornflour
1 cup +2/3 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 small cardamon
1/3 cup of ghee
1/2 tablespoon  orange food color
Dry nuts chopped of your choice(Here I used only almonds)


  • In a bowl mix 1/2 cups corn flour with 1 cups of water very well till there are no lumps. 
  • In a large kadai/non-stick-pan add 1 cup of sugar and 2/3 cups of water.
  • Allow the sugar to dissolve .
  • Boil it for 2-3 minutes until it will sticky.
  • Add corn-flour mixture in syrup .
  • Stir continuously in low medium heat ,so that no lumps will form.
  • When it will start becoming thick ,add 1/3 cups of ghee in it.
  • Keep stirring .
  • Add cardamom and mix it.
  • When the mixture will start turning transparent and releasing ghee from sides.
  • add 1/3 tablespoon orange food color .
  • Keep cooking the halwa on medium heat until it will become thicker.
  • Add  chopped almonds.
  • Transfer karachi halwa mixture to a greased pan, sprinkle more almonds on top.
  • Set it for minimum 2-3 hours.
  • Once completely set cut it into pieces and serve it.

    How to make karachi halwa or bombay halwa recipe (step by step process with pictures):

    Corn-flour mixture process:

    1.Firstly in a bowl take 1/2 cup of corn-flower with 1 cups of water.

    karachi halwa recipe

    2.Now mix it very well so that no lumps will be there and keep it aside.

    karachi halwa recipe

    Karachi halwa recipe process:

    1.Firstly take a large kadai/non-stick pan and add 1 cup of sugar in it.

    karachi halwa recipe

    2.Now add 2/3 cup of water .Make sure you will measure all the ingredients in same measurement cup.Now stir it and boil for 2-3 minutes until the sugar will dissolve and sticky.

    karachi halwa recipe

    3.Now pour the corn-flour mixture in this sugar syrup and stirring continuously on low medium flame,so that it will not stick at the bottom of the pan.

    karachi halwa recipe

    4.When this whole mixture starts becoming thick that time add 1/3 cup of ghee in it.If you want to skip ghee then add white oil.But it will not give you that exact taste of halwa.

    karachi halwa recipe

    5.Keep this mixture stirring till all the ghee is absorbed.
    6.Add cardamom and mix it.Here I am using small cardamom,but if you want you can use cardamom powder also.
    7.Add 1/3 tablespoon of orange food color or any color what are available in your home.If you want to skip this color you can skip this also,there will be no change in taste.

    karachi halwa recipe

    8.Keep cooking the halwa 15 more minutes in medium heat  until it will become thicker and looking shiny. 

    karachi halwa recipe

    9.Add chopped almonds in it .I used only almond here but you can add nuts of your choice.

    karachi halwa recipe

    10.Transfer karachi halwa mixture to a greased pan, sprinkle more almonds on top.

    karachi halwa recipe

    11.Now set it for minimum 2 hours and when it will completely  set cut it into small  pieces .
    12.Serve it and store it in air-tight container.

    karachi halwa recipe

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    • Mix corn-flour mixture with water very well so that no lumps will be there.
    • For any kind of sweet preparation always try to use thick pan so that it will not burn out at the bottom.
    • If you want to avoid food color you can.
    • Don't overcook ,so that it will become rubbery in nature.
    • When pour it in a pan after cooking ,always grease the pan with ghee.
    • Use lemon juice at the time of sugar syrup boiling,so that sugar syrup will not crystallize.


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